Having learnt about the large-scale air crash in Southern Germany, President of the FRG Johannes Rau who is staying in Japan on a visit, expressed deep sympathy with the relatives of the victims. Rau expressed hope that the exact causes of the accident would be found out soon.
Last night a Russian passenger aircraft Tu-154 of the Bashkirskiye Avialinii (Bashkir Airlines) air company and a freight aeroplane Boeing-757 of the DHL international air transportation company collided near Boden See.
The Tu-154 carried 69 people, and two pilots were on board the Boeing. All of them perished. The Russian law-enforcement bodies are ready to cooperate with Germany if the latter submits a request to help investigate the crash of the Tu-154 aircraft.
As a competent representative of the law-enforcement bodies explained, all the questions of finding out the causes of the air crash and possibly of the investigation are within the competence of the German authorities.
The choice of the city of Helsinki is not incidental as the capital of Finland had hosted US-Soviet negotiations on the limitation of nuclear stockpiles in 1969